Before we begin, I want to assure you that no camels were harmed in any way during the creation of this post.
In the name of research, Thomas and I went and made the ultimate personal sacrifice of sitting on cushy chairs in a swanky sort of place and eating chocolates.
But not just any chocolates...
The world's first and only CAMEL CHOCOLATES!
Yes, my friends, now there is a high-end line of chocolates created from...yummy...camel's milk.
Those good folks at Camelicious brought in experts and worked for two years to create Al Nassma chocolates for you and me. Bless them.
You can get the elegantly wrapped chocolate in bars with such flavors as date or orange, as chocolates with coffee or hazelnut cream filling, or, my personal favorite, pistachio, or even a cunning gold foil chocolate camel.
They are undeniably tasty! And what a special gift for someone, huh? That's how I was first introduced to them, and a welcome gift they are indeed.
Thomas ate his with his favorite, strawberry Camelicious. You can also get it in saffron, date, and Bethy's choice, chocolate. Good stuff. The company's laban, a thick yogurty drink, is great in pancake mix and tomato soup. Which is good, because the cow and laban bottles look a lot alike and I've brought home laban from the grocery store by accident more than once.
As I knew you would be disappointed if I hadn't actually tried something new to me along with the chocolates, no worries. I am your guinea pig!
Seriously, there's no way I could have resisted such an opportunity.
Frothy, thickly foamy, hot, and beautiful to look at.
The taste, well, it's something I would have to get used to, (along those lines I am not a fan of soy milk lattes either,) but what an experience. Such an easy way to feel more a part of my adopted country. I drank it all, and with sugar sprinkled on top and bites of chocolate inbetween sips, well, that made for a darned good day.
The Bedouins of the deserts lived primarily on dates and camel milk and, according to the literature nicely provided by Camelicious, camel's milk is incredibly good for you. Hypoallergenic, rich in vitamins while low in fat, and "closest in composition to human milk."
I'm feeling healthier already.
I am absolutely dying to track down the Camelicious Camel Farm out in Umm Nahad. I hear they welcome visitors. Stay tuned for more adventures...
You can find Al Nassma chocolates in the Mall of the Emirates at their stand on what I call the second floor but here they call the first floor near, of course, the Camel Company.